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ViaVoice on Debian
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This is really for the archives. It describes how to get ViaVoice
running under a Debian Etch aka testing distribution using alsa
1. Geet the IBM ViaVoice run-time environment (see Ramans earlier mail
on where to get a run-time licensed environment for $40).
2. The run-time environment comes in a tar file which you need to
unpack into a temporary directory. When you untar the file, you
will find two RPM files i.e.
Note: in the second package I have replaced the language code in
the name with XX_XX. In my case, the code is En_GB.
3. You cannot install the RPMs with the setup.sh script provided
because it tries to use the rpm command, which will fail with
errors about unsatisfied dependencies. Therefore, you need to use
Debians alien package to convert the RPMs into DEB packages. Also
note that its very important to install the RPMs in the correct
order. The main TTS engine must be installed before the language
files. To do the install do
alien --script -i ibmtts_rte-*.rpm
alien --script -i ibmtts_rte_*.rpm
Note: The subtle difference between these two commands is that in
the first one, the character before the * is -, while in the second
command the character before the * is the _.
4. Once this is done, you should be up and ready to build the server
shared libraries. Note that you need to ensure you have installed
the libasound2-dev package if you want to compile the alsa version
of the shared library. See the documentation in the linux-outloud
directory on instructions for doing this.
I have noticed that ViaVoice does crash with the alsa driver on rare
occasions, but restarts itself very quickly. I did not notice this
while I was running using the alsa OSS compatibility layer. I'm not
sure why this is yet and it could be something odd on my system. I'm
using a SoundBlaster Live card and can use either the oss
compatibility layer or native alsa. However, I've heard that the oss
compatibility layer doesn't work well for some sound cards.
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